Good points...thanks for your input, and yes, 'that' is the car I'm considering (pretty much identically equipped to mine from what I can tell, but it has paddle shifters and lower DRLs, so it must be a Premium Luxury). I'm pretty sure I'd prefer the more linear throttle response and exhaust note of the 3.6L to the 2.0T. While I wouldn't personally benefit from AWD, you're right in saying that it would be advantageous when I go to sell the car in the Canadian market. I love the handling dynamics of the 256-lb lighter and better balanced RWD ATS and could do without the AWD's increased weight, tire wear, fuel economy penalty, etc. I may go and drive it, and if I like it enough I'll see just how much it would cost to make the switch. No matter what I do, the day CUE craps out I'll regret not sticking with the 'other' car. :bigroll:
You'll have to go and see/drive the Premium Luxury car to really appreciate it - it has a LOT of equipment that your current car doesn't. You've noticed the lower DRLs but it also has upper DRLs (a.k.a. 'signature lighting', as well as adaptive (steerable) HID headlights - big upgrade vs. the halogen projectors you have now. The exterior also has illuminated door handles, which are really nice. Inside you get not only the magnesium paddle shifters, but nicer front seats (12-way adjustable driver vs. 8), and sport pedals. Safety-wise, you get the Driver Awareness Pkg.: following distance indicator, fwd. collision alert, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, Rainsense wipers, automatic high beams, and rear side airbags...the seat can vibrate for those warnings/alerts. That particular car also has the Driver Assist Pkg.: adaptive cruise control, fr./rr. automatic braking, electronic parking brake, power-adjustable steering column (part of the memory setting), and my favorite: heads-up display. You'd have noticed the bigger 18" wheels as well.
There may be a slight penalty in fuel economy with AWD, but to be honest, I'm getting nearly the same mileage now (3.6L AWD) as I did with my previous car: a FWD Malibu also with a 3.6L. It really depends on your driving style and geography. There is more weight, but it's still a beautifully balanced (52%F/48%R) package. Tire wear doesn't concern me - with less chance of wheelspin and regular rotations, I expect to see a similar/better tire lifespan than I would if I had RWD and I lit up the back tires from time to time. :spin: I haven't had any issues with CUE myself, but I did buy a GM Protection Plan (GMPP) extended warranty to cover me for ALL the potential expenses; you can get that from any GM dealer, regardless of where you bought the car, and you can shop around on price.
Go see it and drive it...it's a shame that the BMW sales guy will probably know less about the car than you do...lol.